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Road to State: A look back at the 2018 season
Look back at the 2018 varsity baseball season to see how the Huskies punched their ticket to Lawrence for the state tournament.
May 24, 2018
Huskies win season-opening tourney
Friday March 23, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 3, Olathe East 1
(WP): Abramovich (1-0) (SV): Duensing (1)
Friday March 23, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 9, Olathe South 5
(WP): Dennis (1-0)
In their season-opener, senior Max Abramovich took the mound looking to repeat the record-setting success he had a year prior. With his first start of the season, the Huskies senior right-hander dominated the Olathe East lineup with a heavy reliance on his fastball. In five innings of work, Abramovich struck out seven OEHS batters, before handing the ball to senior Scott Duensing for a two-inning save to move the Huskies to the championship game against Olathe South. There, a big six-run second inning propelled BVNW to a 9-5 victory over the Falcons to open the season at 2-0.
Saints walk-off Huskies
Wednesday March 28, 2018: Saint Thomas Aquinas 9, Blue Valley Northwest 8 (F/8)
(LP): Dennis (1-1)
During the second start of his season, Abramovich ran into trouble as he was only able to pitch two-plus innings, giving up seven earned runs. The Huskies matchup with the Saints was played on a rain-soaked Aquinas field, and saw multiple players lose their footing during the course of the game. Sophomore Ben Barron replaced senior Josh Fiene as the starting third baseman for the game as Fiene was unable to play due to an eye injury. Senior Will Dennis replaced Abramovich and worked five innings before the Saints defeated the Huskies on a walk-off in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Trio of BVNW hitters provide offense in win over BVSW
Thursday April 5, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 6, Blue Valley Southwest 4
(WP): Duensing (1-0)
After senior pitcher Will Dennis gave up four first inning runs, the Huskies offense responded with a four-run fourth inning to take the lead and earn their third victory of the season. Two-run knocks by senior first baseman Holden Missey and senior catcher Clayton Leathers turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning and Scott Duensing closed out the victory for BVNW.
“Your record sounds a lot better at 3-1 than 2-2,” Missey said after the game. “I can tell you that.”
Huskies win slugfest against Blue Valley
Tuesday April 10, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 15, Blue Valley 10
(WP): Abramovich (2-0)
Matched up against the No. 1 ranked team by MaxPreps, the No. 2 ranked Huskies came out with some offensive fireworks on the road. Blue Valley Northwest jumped out to an early lead and wound up leading 15-4 behind a 5-RBI day from junior designated hitter Sean Roseborough. In the third inning, Roseborough’s 2-run home run gave the Huskies a 7-1 lead. Abramovich picked up his second win of the season despite the struggles of BVNW relievers Johnny Rubeo and David Kephart.
Despite being ranked No. 2 by MaxPreps, Miller said the win showed who the real No. 1 in Kansas Class 6A was.
“This is no surprise,” Miller said. “We’re first and we’re going to stay here.”
Huskies dominate Jaguars
Thursday April 12, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 14, Mill Valley 4
(WP): Duensing (2-0)
For the second time of the year, Scott Duensing took the mound for a start and left with the victory, improving to 2-0 on the season with a win over the Huskies Eastern Kansas League foe. Senior Holden Missey’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning ended the game in a run-rule win as the Huskies put up a merciless 14 runs in the win.
Chippy game ends in BVNW defeat
Thursday April 19, 2018: Rogers (Ark.) 7, Blue Valley Northwest 4
(LP): Abramovich (2-1)
In the roughest start of his season, Abramovich struggled through a 35 pitch third inning. On a late Thursday night in Lawrence, BVNW and Rogers got into multiple verbal altercations in what became a chippy affair. Multiple baserunning mistakes for the Huskies squandered three separate scoring opportunities and dropped the Huskies record to 5-2 on the season.
“It was a very intense game I felt like from both teams,” senior first baseman Holden Missey said. “I think both teams respected each other as far as like both teams knew each other were good. And you know I think it did get a little chippy. I mean it was both ways.”
Huskies lose delayed game
Friday April 20, 2018: Blue Valley 8, Blue Valley Northwest 6
(LP): Duensing (2-1)
In a game that began on April 13 and was suspended in the sixth inning with the score knotted at 6-6, the Tigers were able to score two runs when action resumed leading to an 8-6 loss for the Huskies. The loss dropped the Huskies to 5-3 in 2018 play.
Huskies bounce back with early morning win
Saturday April 21, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 3, Jefferson City (Mo.) 1
(WP): Dennis (2-1) (SV): Kephart (1)
Through a slight rain, senior Will Dennis pitched a gem of a game against the bats of Jefferson City High School. Dennis went 6 ⅓ innings, allowing four hits and one run. Despite the Huskies senior lefty only striking out three hitters, his ability to pitch to contact and use his pickoff move kept opposing hitters off base throughout the late morning.
Huskies lock up third straight Kauffman Classic win
Saturday April 21, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 6, Summit Christian Academy 2
(WP): Duensing (3-1)
For the third consecutive year, the Huskies went to Kauffman Stadium and came out the victors, this year with a 6-2 victory over Summit Christian Academy. After falling behind early, the Huskies got all of their offense in a 6-run second inning that highlighted by junior Ryan Freiermuth and sophomore Matt Miller’s 2 RBI’s apiece. Head coach Corby Lange said a day filled with pitching greatness from Dennis and Duensing was a great sign for BVNW.
“I thought we bounced back. I thought our pitchers were ahead of the count all day long and our defense was solid,” Lange said. “Today was a great day for us.”
Fiene’s 4 RBI’s push BVNW to blowout win
Tuesday April 24, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 10, Blue Valley West 3
(WP): Abramovich (3-1)
With four RBI’s from senior third baseman Josh Fiene, the Huskies were able to get a win at home against the Jaguars. Abramovich earns his third win of the season in four and two-thirds innings work against BVW as the Huskies stretch their winning streak to three consecutive games.
Roseborough’s monster day earns BVNW win over rival BVN
Thursday April 26, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 12, Blue Valley North 3
(WP): Dennis (3-1)
For the 10th game in a row, senior Holden Missey reaches base via a hit, extending his hitting streak for the season. Still, Missey is not the story of the game, rather it’s junior Sean Roseborough’s 4-for-4, home run and 7 RBI’s that lead the Huskies to a blowout win of the rival Mustangs.
Huskies grab win in extras
Friday April 27, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 3, Shawnee Mission Northwest 2 (F/8)
(WP): Abramovich (4-1)
In a rematch from their 2017 regional final, the Huskies battle it out with the Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars. Senior Scott Duensing throws 5 ⅔ innings, allowing two runs in his birthday start. In a little bit of a role reversal, it’s senior Max Abramovich who relieves Duensing and earns the win in extra innings as sophomore shortstop Ryan Callahan’s double down the left field line propels BVNW to an eighth inning win.
“I knew I was going to wait and get my pitch,” Callahan said, “and I found my pitch and I squared it up.”
Abramovich complete-game helps Huskies past Stags
Tuesday May 1, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 4, Bishop Miege 3
(WP): Abramovich (5-1)
With just three days of rest, Abramovich comes out and dominates his Bishop Miege opponents. A back-and-forth game between the Huskies and Stags finds Roseborough as the hero in the top of the seventh inning when a softly hit fly ball from the Huskies’ designated hitter fell into the right field grass to score pinch-runner Will Dennis. Despite Abramovich claiming he didn’t have all of his stuff in his complete-game outing, Lange says it was the best he had seen all year.
“I thought it was his best outing of the year, hands down.”
BVNW finishes off season sweep of BVW
Wednesday May 2, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 7, Blue Valley West 4 (F/8)
(WP): Missey (1-0) (SV): Kephart (2)
A road test for the Huskies proved to be tougher than their previous matchup with the Jaguars. Will Dennis ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning after pitching a solid first five innings. Holden Missey ends up with the win and David Kephart gets the save after an RBI double by senior right fielder Jack Beckley gave BVNW a lead in extras.
Huskies halt Mustangs, finish off season sweep
Friday May 4, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 5, Blue Valley North 1
(WP): Duensing (4-1)
In the same week as BVNW was able to claim a season sweep against the Blue Valley North Mustangs as Scott Duensing grabbed the fourth win of his season as the Huskies extended their season-long winning streak to eight games.
Raiders down Huskies on Senior Day
Saturday May 5, 2018: Shawnee Mission South 4, Blue Valley Northwest 3 (F/8)
(LP): Missey (1-1)
In the only game all season long not started by Dennis, Abramovich and Duensing, it’s junior Tyler McQuinn who goes 6 ⅓ innings, allowing six hits and striking out three batters. Holden Missey relieves McQuinn and BVNW loses in the eighth inning on Senior Day at the DAC.
Roseborough’s 2 HR’s lead BVNW to road victory
Monday May 7, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 8, Shawnee Mission East 5
(WP): Abramovich (6-1) (SV): Kephart (3)
Junior Sean Roseborough delivers a 2 home run performance, helping Abramovich earn his sixth win of the season. The win ties the all-time career wins record in the 25 year BVNW school history. Despite the two home runs, Roseborough said he wants to be more consistent at the plate.
“I mean, they were a good team, but I didn’t see anything outstanding as far as pitching goes,” Roseborough said. “If you’re going to give me a fastball, I’m going to try to hit it as hard as I can.”
Thunder shut out Huskies in conference finale
Wednesday May 9, 2018: St. James Academy 2, Blue Valley Northwest 0
(LP): Dennis (3-2)
With a chance to clinch a share of the Eastern Kansas League Championship, the Huskies bats come up quiet against the St. James Thunder. Senior Clayton Leathers reaches base via a single and a double, but the Huskies strand multiple runners in scoring position during their fifth loss of the season.
Offensive explosion ends regular season
Thursday May 10, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 14, Olathe North 1
(WP): Duensing (5-1)
A day after being held scoreless in their league finale against St. James, the Huskies offense erupts for 14 runs to help the Huskies finish with a 15-5 regular season record. Head coach Corby Lange gives each of his resting pitchers a chance to swing the bat and senior reliever Johnny Rubeo delivers with a 2-run single in the blowout win.
Missey’s big game advances Huskies in postseason
Tuesday May 15, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 10, Blue Valley West 4
(WP): Dennis (4-2)
An early lead for the Jaguars gives the Huskies a minor scare, but a 4-RBI performance from senior first baseman Holden Missey clinches a spot in the regional final for the Huskies. Missey’s offensive display extended his hitting streak to 19 straight games.
After BVW scored on a leadoff double and a single in the top of the first, Missey said he thought the early deficit was a positive for the Huskies.
“I think when they got up 1-0 [in the top of the first inning], and then they got up 2-1 [in the top of the second inning], it just woke us up,” Missey said. “When they scored I was like “Perfect. That forces us to get on the board and start hitting early.’”
Huskies clinch regional title behind lights out pitching
Tuesday May 15, 2018: Blue Valley Northwest 2, Olathe East 0
(WP) Abramovich (7-1) (SV): Duensing (2)
Just as the season started for the Huskies, it was Max Abramovich dominating Olathe East hitters and Scott Duensing closing it out to clinch the regional championship for the second consecutive year. Abramovich went 6 ⅓ innings, throwing 100 pitches and striking out eight OEHS hitters en route to the regional final win. The Huskies score their two runs on an error by their opponents and a wild pitch, clawing their way to victory. With the win, Abramovich tied the single-season wins record previously set last year by himself at 7. The win also gave him his 15th career win, most in school history.
With a third place finish last year at the state tournament, Duensing said this year’s squad has unfinished business.
“We’re here to play and we’re going for that championship.”